Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day

Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 August

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
BERNARD DAVID HENDER 19 LLANRWST 10.10.14  10am
DOUGLAS JAMES MCTAVISH 39 GLAN CLWYD 10.10.14 10am


Tuesday 22 August

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MARION WILLIAMS 91 WREXHAM MAELOR 16.3.17 10am
ARTHUR HUW OWEN SMITH 66 RUTHIN 8.2.17 2pm


Wednesday 23 August

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
GERAINT JONES 50 ABERGELE 2.3.17 10am
STEPHEN DAVID PARKER 46 DOLGARROG 14.3.17 10.45am
THELMA HERD 91 DEGANWY 27.3.17 11.30am
DEREK JOHN SUMMERS 89 DEGANWY 15.4.17 12 noon
STEPHANIE MEADE 78 LLANDUDNO HOSPITAL 21.3.17 2pm
MARY CARTER 90 LLANDUDNO HOSPITAL 24.3.17 2.45pm


Thursday 24 August

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
DOROTHY PERRY 93 HOLYWELL 17.3.17 10am
DORA BOWLEY 91 HOLYWELL HOSPITAL 23.3.17 10.45am
ROBERT MICHAEL KEMP 37 MOLD 22.3.17 11.30am
PAUL HENRY GEORGE BEALES 68 CONNAHS QUAY 25.11.16 12.30pm
KATHLEEN JONES 92 PRESTATYN 27.3.17 2.15pm
BEVERLEY ANN O’NEILL 50 OLD COLWYN 25.11.16 3.15pm


Tuesday 29 August

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ANN ELIZABETH MORGAN 69 GLAN CLWYD 16.3.17 10am
NORMAN MAGUIRE 86 WREXHAM MAELOR 28.2.17 10.30am
TINA MAUREEN PEARSON 57 HOLYWELL 1.3.17 11.45am
CHRISTOPHER JASON JOHN HOLLIS 44 BROUGHTON 1.3.17 12.30pm
JOHN KENNETH RICHARD WALL 43 WREXHAM 8.3.17 2pm
THOMAS BENJAMIN MILLS 88 WREXHAM MAELOR 17.3.17 2.45pm


Thursday 31 August

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
SYLVIA YVONNE OGDEN 45 GLAN CLWYD 12.3.17 10am
LUCAS PERRY 50 WREXHAM 6.3.17 10.45am
MATTHEW STEPHEN OWEN 32 WREXHAM MAELOR 10.3.17 11.30am
GARETH JONES 71 WREXHAM 12.3.17 2pm
GERTRUDE SQUIRES 92 WREXHAM MAELOR 5.3.17 2.45pm
CHRISTOPHER GARETH MEACOCK 33 SOUTH AFRICA 20.2.13 3.30pm


Wednesday 6 September

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
BARBARA ANNETTE ALDRIDGE 69 GLAN CLWYD 30.1.17 10am
TARA MATTEE LEAR-JONES 24 PENLEY 5.1.17 2pm


Thursday 7 September

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
ANN FORBES 73 BUCKLEY 23.3.17 10am
JOEY ESTOESTA ROJAS 18 WREXHAM MAELOR 30.1.17 10.45am
ISABEL BROWNSON 87 GLAN CLWYD 23.9.17 2pm


Wednesday 13 September

Coroner's Court, The Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
STUART WINZER CHARLES 80 LLANFAIRFECHAN 29.3.17 10am
CHRISTINE ANNE CAMPBELL 54 OLD COLWYN 26.2.17 10.45am
ANDREW STEVEN LOWNDES 43 PENRHYN BAY 26.2.17 11.45am
BRIAN FRANK TURNER 73 ABERGELE 23.5.17 12.30pm


Thursday 14 September

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
SARAH LEE MOLYNEUX 39 PRESTATYN 29.3.17 10am
EDWARD BARRI JONES 68 WREXHAM MAELOR 30.3.17 10.45am
MERIEL INA UNDERWOOD 86 WREXHAM MAELOR 6.4.17 11.30am
FRANK HATCH 82 YGC 13.4.17 12.15pm
JENNIE TOMKINS 96 DEESIDE HOSPITAL 25.12.16 2pm


Monday 18 to Friday 22 September

Coroner's Court, Abergele Town Hall, Llandulas Road, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 7BT - With Jury


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
KATE LOUISE PIERCE 7 FLORIDA 19.3.17 10am


Wednesday 27 September

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOHN RICHARDS 93 WREXHAM 17.4.17 10am
GEOFFREY FORMSTONE 93 WREXHAM MAELOR 13.4.17 11.30am
JOHN BRIAN WRIGHT 71 PRESTATYN 13.4.17 12.15pm
MARK LIVINGSTONE 59 TOWYN 29.4.17 2pm


Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
RAYMOND HARRIS 72 STOKE HOSPITAL 16.09.2015  10am



Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047